Entertainment / Arts

American war action horror film ‘Overload’ in 14 Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 8 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

The American war action horror film ‘Overload’ will be screened from today in 14 Lankan cinemas. They are Liberty by Scope Cinemas; Empire - Colombo; MC Cinemas – Colombo; Milano – Kegalle; Scope Cinemas (CCC) – Colombo 3; Regal – Gampah

Singer Sri Lanka launches all-new Singer Epic AI TV range with Google Android

Views - 10 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC, the country’s premier consumer durables retailer, has expanded its range of TVs with the introduction of its future TVs at a ceremonial event held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo recently. During the colourful event, Singer

Chokolaate crowns new musical talent at Centrestage 2018

Views - 5 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

The most sought-after teen magazine in Sri Lanka, Chokolaate, for the third consecutive year created a platform for young musical talent to emerge through Centrestage 2018. After gruelling semi-finals in four categories, namely Solo Singing, Group Si

Excited Spice Girls say reunion tour will feel strange without “Posh”

Views - 7 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): British pop band the Spice Girls joked on Wednesday about their plans for a new album after announcing they would reunite for a UK tour next year but said it would feel strange performing without “Posh Spice” Victoria Beckham. F

Netflix plans to make 17 more original productions in Asia

Views - 4 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Netflix Inc plans to make 17 more original productions in Asia as it seeks to boost international subscriber numbers, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said on Thursday. The plan, announced at Netflix’s content showcase event

Michael Douglas joins dad Kirk with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Views - 6 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Michael Douglas celebrated his 50th year in showbusiness on Tuesday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near that of his screen legend father, Kirk Douglas, now 101. Douglas, 74, best known for his Oscar-winning turn as G

Britain’s Idris Elba named People mag’s ‘sexiest man alive’

Views - 6 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Actor Idris Elba, who James Bond fans are campaigning to be the next person to play 007, was named the sexiest man alive this week by People magazine. The London-born actor, 46, said he didn’t believe it when the magazine tol

Fairway Galle Literary Festival to take place from 16 - 20 January 2019

Views - 29 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

The Fairway Galle Literary Festival will take place from 16 to 20 January 2019. This marks the 10th anniversary of The Festival, which has established itself as a much anticipated and highly acclaimed fixture on the South-East Asian cultural calendar

Encouraging creative writing among the young and talented: Fairway Creative Writing Workshop 2018

Views - 21 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

One of the main creative writing workshops that take place annually, the Fairway Creative Writing Workshop successfully concluded another two-day workshop on 27 and 28 October at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute.

The comedy ‘To Be or Knot To Be’ on 3 November

Views - 73 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

Sri Theatre Company is back with an all new play for theatre lovers in Colombo! This year they have packaged a rib-tickling comedy about a young girl forced into marriage with a boy she barely knows. Rukaiya is ambitious and smart. However, she fea

People’s Bank Arts Circle cultivates habit of reading

Views - 9 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

A book exhibition and fair to celebrate October, the month of reading was recently held at the third floor of People’s Bank Head Office. The keynote speech was delivered by veteran film director Somarathne Dissanayake at the opening ceremony of

The fighting spirit of wounded soldiers

Views - 22 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

There is always a lot of excitement when Royalty visit Australia. The present visit of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Duke and Duchess of Sussex) is no different. People gather in numbers wherever they go. The couple is extremely friendly whenever t

Tribute to the ‘Master’

Views - 20 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

Ten years ago the much-loved, highly talented, innovative musician Premasiri Khemadasa passed away, leaving a big void in Sri Lanka’s music scene. ‘Master’ – as everybody preferred to call him – was so clever and introduced the Sri Lankan

Inclusivity and diversity of Sri Lankan creative expression prominent at AK Lit Fest 2018

Views - 20 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

If there was a place where creative expression in a variety of forms found inclusivity, it was indeed at the A&K Lit Fest held recently at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. Hosted for the fourth consecutive year, this year’s festival created a platform for

Showcasing Chinese painting and calligraphy

Views - 7 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

An exhibition titled ‘Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition’ was held from 19 to 21 October at the China Cultural Centre (CCC). The CCC organised the initiative with the courtesy of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Colombo

‘Chinese Style’ modern water-ink paintings exhibition now on

Views - 10 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

The ‘Chinese Style’ international tour of modern Chinese water-ink paintings exhibition is being held from 25 October to 3 November (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the China Cultural Center in Sri Lanka, No. 5, Independence Avenue, Colombo 07. The exhibit

Independent horror film ‘The Summoning’ by High School Junkies to premiere today

Views - 21 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:01

The upcoming independent horror film by High School Junkies, ‘The Summoning’ will make its premiere in Sri Lanka at the National Film Corporation, Colombo today at 6.30 p.m. Conceived late last year as a quick skit for Halloween 2017, the film h

Tickets to smash-hit musical Mamma Mia! the ideal corporate gift this holiday season

Views - 17 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:01

With Cinnamon Life gearing up to present Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus’ iconic Broadway musical Mamma Mia! at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre from 22 to 30 December, the event is fast becoming a popular household and workplace topic.

150 years of celebrating the Mahatma

Views - 8 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

As a part of on-going ‘150 years of celebrating the Mahatma’ and to commemorate Children’s Day which falls on 14 November every year coinciding with the birth anniversary of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime

BOC’s ‘Little Picasso’ art exhibition concludes at BMICH rewarding 780 young artists

Views - 13 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

The Bank of Ceylon’s ‘Little Picasso’ art competition concluded successfully recently rewarding 180 national award winners at the BMICH. Similarly 600 other provincial winners were rewarded with valuable prizes thus bringing the total to 780 wi

Nihal Senaratne presents his maiden exhibition ‘Axis Mundi’

Views - 34 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

Born and raised amidst a lot of hardship, Nihal was the last of a family of six kids. With the financial difficulties his family faced he often resorted to reading borrowed “chithra katha” papers and tried to replicate the characters from the sto

Sri Rama Kavya: Dance drama on the epic Ramayana

Views - 14 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

The fourth international Ramayana festival, which is organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations of India, will commence in New Delhi on 29 October and will continue till 31 October.

Alston Koch picks up SriLankan of the Year/Global Entertainer of the Year 2018 award

Views - 146 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s only international recording star and now an actor too in the Hollywood film ‘Nightwalk’ raised the barriers of entertainment yet again when he broke into song during his acceptance speech. Not a dry eye in the place as Sri Lankans

Reflecting on life

Views - 12 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:00

Reflecting on the complexities and simplicities of life at the same time, Abigail Schaffter will stage her first solo art exhibition on 27 and 28 October at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery. Titled ‘Reflections’, the art exhibition will feature the b

Young talent unveils at Chokolaate Centerstage 2018!

Views - 49 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:00

For the third consecutive time this year, Sri Lanka’s leading teen magazine Chokolaate will unveil the musical talents of the younger generation at Centerstage 2018. The grand finale featuring performers of all musical genres including the latest c

Literature for all in all forms

Views - 41 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:00

The A&K Lit Fest is set to be held on Sunday 21 October at the Mount Lavinia Hotel, with an interesting line up of panels and speakers. Commencing the morning are book launches and creative writing workshops for adults and children. The most anticipa

Importers’ Ball 2018 today

Views - 19 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:00

The Imports Section of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will be having its flagship event for its members on Friday 19 October. This year, the association has planned to have a gala dinner dance at the Grand Ballroom at Waters Edge, Battaramulla. Reco

Fiddler Harald Yendis all set to wow Country Roads 2018 audience

Views - 9 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Get ready to experience Country Swing at its finest when the incomparable fiddler Harald Yendis takes the stage at this year’s 30th anniversary Country Roads concert for children, to be held on 20 October, from 6:30 p.m. onwards.   Sure to wow th

Astrid Brook and The Mavericks at Mt. Lavinia Hotel

Views - 26 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

With her iconic Tanglewood guitar and vibrant acoustic music, Astrid Brook is undoubtedly an eminent note in the country and folk music scene. Based in London, Astrid developed her own folk style in her late 20’s and since then, she has been invite

Dialog and Stelacom unveil all new ‘Smart Entertainment Box’ in Sri Lanka

Views - 67 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, in partnership with Stelacom, launched the latest and most innovative device offering to the market, a ‘Smart Entertainment Box’, at an exclusive preview event hosted for Dialog Club

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Courting democracy; Housing disaster?

Thursday, 15 November 2018

A small step was taken by a sovereign court the day before yesterday. It was a giant leap for the supremacy of the Constitution over all three arms of government in a recently benighted Sri Lanka. As well as being the tangible proof of intra-governme

Sri Lanka’s Judiciary in its finest hour

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“We must never forget that the only real source of power we as judges can tap is the respect of the people” –Justice Thurgood Marshall

When scholars turn slayers of reason

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“… I think, that the intellectual is an individual endowed with a faculty of representing, embodying, articulating a message, a view, an attitude, philosophy or opinion to, as well as for, a public. And this role has an edge to it, and cannot be

A stable democracy is a prerequisite for the wellbeing of Sri Lankans

Thursday, 15 November 2018

In Sri Lanka, despite the complexity of overlapping policies, the slow pace in implementing economic policies has been of central concern in the past few years. The current political state in Sri Lanka poses a series of e

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